The Week Ahead @ Henry

Stop in this Thursday to experience music from performers from the UW School of Music. Enjoy these images of past events in this Luncheonette series every third Thursday at noon.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Jazz with Haegue Yang
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Brass section in Katinka Bocke Photo by Chona Kassinger

Brass section in Katinka Bocke
Photo by Chona Kasinger


Our Spring Open House is next Friday — get your tickets now!


open house

The Week Ahead @ Henry

March is here and we couldn’t be more excited to be closer to spring. We invite you to come see our two new exhibitions that opened over the weekend: Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane and The Brink: Anne Fenton.


Join us in the galleries on the first Thursday of every month for a midday concert series featuring performances from solo and chamber musicians from the University of Washington School of Music.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Music fills the Henry.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Critical Collaboration Session: Politics

Thursday night get down and gritty in Seattle politics while using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure. Discussion will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design.

Artist Lecture: Daniel Baumann

Join us Thursday night for the latest lecture in an annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen.

Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP. Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm. If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the Henry front desk, as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 mins prior to the lecture.

To view videos of previous lectures in this series, click here.

Collection in Focus: The Problem with Objects — DATE CHANGED to 3/20

Join artist and Cornish Professor Ephraim Russell on Thursday night for a conversation about contemporary sculpture. Examining a selection of sculpture from the Henry’s permanent collection, Russell will explore how cultural expectations around utility and the function of objects define the way we value and respond to sculpture.

ArtVENTURES at the Henry: Dig In!

Bring the family this Sunday because it is time to dig into the sculptures of Katinka Bock and excavate themes of history and archeology in the exhibition Katinka Bock: A and I. We’ll explore the transformation of natural materials in an interactive way.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Today is George Washington’s Birthday.

Photo by Dan Bennett

Photo by Dan Bennett


Stretch your body and your mind, get out of the cold Thursday with us at lunch time. Wondering what VIDEO//YOGA is really like? Check out this great blog post by Valeria Koulikova from Beyond the Quad, the UW College of Arts and Sciences Student Blog.

Critical Collaboration Session: Crossings

What do you get when a UW student crosses the street? Let’s find out! Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Thursday night; free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of LA Times

Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho

We are excited to welcome Amanda Ross-Ho back to the Henry to speak in the UW School of Art artist lecture series. Amanda was a featured artist in our 2010 exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture. Get tickets now for Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho.

Wish you hadn’t missed a past lecture? You can see them all here on the UW SoA’s Vimeo page.

“HITS of Sunshine” Comes to the Henry Tomorrow!

The Henry is excited to host HITS of Sunshine in the middle of this cold snap. We caught up with Lisa Schonberg and Allan Wilson from the group for a quick conversation.

Henry: First off, you are coming to dark, cold, Seattle so let’s start with an important question: How do you take your coffee?

Lisa: Black, and in one of those taller ‘regular’ mugs, rather than in one of those broad saucer things.

Allan: Decaf.  Exciting, no?

Henry: Seattle is cold, like bone-chilling cold, lately. Portland, where you live, has had similar weather. In weather like this, what part of Joshua Tree do you miss most?

Lisa: It is definitely cold here. We’ve been “snowed in” for a few days now; all it takes is a few inches and everything gets canceled, since they do not have the infrastructure to handle it. I often miss the consistent warmth and dryness of Joshua Tree. I am much more adept at dealing with excessive heat than cold (my extremities shut down if they get too cold), and I never mind an intense sweat, whereas I get pretty grumpy when it I am cold for too long. I loved hiking in the desert in the sun, as long as I prepared myself with sunscreen and a wide hat. I also loved how the sand got into everything; my skin was different there, and my hair has this nice consistency and would hold itself in braids without any hairbands, and i just felt good – my circulation and my systems were functioning more smoothly. My energy levels were consistently higher and I did not experience the midday slump that is typical for most people I know in the Pacific Northwest. It is near impossible to bring that feeling to the cold damp Pacific Northwest unfortunately, but I just remember to get out in nature as much as I can regardless of the climate, and to walk aimlessly on trails. Even though I can’t replicate the feeling of sun or sand or open skies, and might need an espresso to keep my energy up, I can definitely still get the pleasure of walking in wild areas and the good feeling that always brings to me.

Allan: We spent an autumn month there (October 2012), which is a warm, pleasant time to visit.  So this week especially, Joshua Tree feels like a memory from a distant past on another planet.  I miss it all, really: the company, working everyday in Andrea’s studio, the boulders, the campfires, the smell of the creosote bushes, the outdoor kitchen and encampment, our wagonstations (where we slept), the stars, sunrises, sunsets (my lord, the sunsets!!), the various bugs and critters with whom we literally crossed paths every day… even the scorpions and rattlesnakes I miss, and now sincerely thank for choosing to leave us and our friends unharmed.

Here is a video of their experience so you can check out what Lisa and Allan are describing.

Henry: Watching this movie, it seems like place was a big part of the art and presentation. Will the Henry’s space be utilized as fully for the performance here?

Lisa: Well, there’s no way to replicate bouldered hillsides obviously, and sound will carry much differently in a closed space. We’ve already put on the performance at an indoor venue, Disjecta in Portland, and so we have dealt with some of the limitations, but also have benefited from the advantages of using an indoor space, such as being able to more easily control the movement of sound. Volume levels will come across more consistently and we do not have to deal with the elements of noise from wind or things like that. We will not have a full setup of speakers like we did in Joshua Tree, since there isn’t the same sort of space to walk around in to get the full effect of that sound installation and the spread of different samples coming at you from different points. And we don’t have the boulders to project visuals on. So we will instead be focusing on the music and fashion, sound collages and field recordings, and adding a new element of dance to our performance. Like Disjecta, Henry will offer us the advantage of a more concentrated space where it is easier to hone in the audience’s focus. We will be presenting our sound collages and field recordings in a new and interesting way at the Henry; they’ll be projected through the speaker system throughout the museum. I am excited about that!

Allan: Definitely. We decided to expand on what we did in the desert, and will be incorporating dance into parts of the performance. Fortunately, the sound system at the Henry will allow us to create a sort of “surround sound” environment, using the field samples we recorded in JT that form the core of many of our compositions. We’re also considering utilizing video projections during the performance.

Henry: Is there anything else you are looking forward to while you are here in Seattle?

Lisa: The library! And visiting with my old friends.

Allan: I guess I love Dick’s.  You know, the hamburger place.

Henry: Thanks, Allan and Lisa, we look forward to this weekend! get your tickets here for HITS of Sunshine.

Here are a few resources to get to know the creators:

Lisa’s website is frequently updated and she just got back from a similar trip in Hawaii.

Allan’s band !!! is currently on break from touring to create new music.

The third member of Hits of Sunshine, Heather Treadway, couldn’t join us for this chat but you can see her fashions at the event and on her website.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Mindfulness Meditation

Be still your thoughts while surrounded by art. Meditations begin promptly at 12:30 on Thursday. 

Critical Collaboration Session: Identity

Who am I? Does that change when I enter a new space? Will I be the same person after crossing a threshold? Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of

Artist Lecture: Paul Elliman

Whether love is blind or not we are already in love with Paul Elliman. This lecture is sold out. Doors open at 6:15. We encourage you to arrive early to secure your seat. At 6:50, unclaimed seats will be released to those on the wait list. The lecture begins promptly at 7 pm. Thank you!

HITS of Sunshine

Whatcha doing on Feb 14th? Got a date? Not got a date? Want to dance either way? We’ve got “HITS of Sunshine” to lighten these dark, rainy days for you (There’s also rumors that day-glo cocktails may be offered). Get tickets here.

Grad Student Happy Hour Haiku Hunt

Enjoy the poems created during our annual Graduate Student Happy Hour. You can see more at the Haiku Hunt & What if? website created by Kat Seidemann, Talena Lachelle Queen, and Diana Savora, all of whom are students  in the MFA Creative Writing and Poetics at UW-Bothell

Hawkeye King, Engineering–E.E. PhD

Looks like molecules
When viewed from above
She taught me that

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett


Sky light in wall
mysteries of all
Changing with the fall

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett


2 hours until class
I could do all my reading
or have a beer here

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett

Jordan R., Audiology

I wasted hours at
the Henry Art Gallery.
I regret nothing.

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

The final countdown to our Graduate Student Party has started: T-Minus 10 days!

While we wait for a graduate storm to descend, we hope you will join us this week for:



Worried a Polar Vortex might be headed our way? Join us for some yoga and heat up your core. Thursday at 12:30 PM.

Critical Collaboration Sessions

Discover Seattle’s Aurora Avenue with the presentation of Design Lab: An Open Sketchbook on Aurora, the UW College of Built Environment will host a series of weekly design intensives. They kick off this Thursday at 4:30 – 7:30 PM. All sessions are free and open to the public.

ART 361 Lecture Series Winter Quarter

The Henry is welcoming back the UW School of Art back for another free public art lecture series, held in conjunction with ART 361 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art, in which cutting edge artists and curators discuss their work. The first artist, Allyson Vieira, is a New York City-based sculptor whose works address myth and materiality. The series starts this Thursday at 7 PM in the Henry auditorium. RSVPs encouraged.

Curator-led Tour of Jason Dodge: What we have done.

Before this exhibition closes on Jan 26th, join Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, for an intimate walk-through of the exhibition Jason Dodge: What we have done. Space is limited, so please register today.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

Programming at the Henry is quiet until 2014, so until then, we suggest you check out a few cool offerings from our friends around town.

THURSDAY, Dec 19 7pm-9pm

History Cafe: Downton Abbey & Seattle at MOHAI

Your presence is graciously welcomed as MOHAI explores the history and culture of early 20th century Seattle. Learn how lives of Seattleites intersected with the same issues that affected the characters of Downton Abbey. Join speakers Junius Rochester, Paula Becker, and Clara Berg, for a step back into time.

Please feel free to come dressed in attire suitable for a soiree at Highclere Castle and enjoy a sneak peek into Season 4 of Downton Abbey from KCTS9.

History Cafe is co-presented by MOHAI, KCTS 9, The Seattle Public Library, and

Cost: Free (Does not include admission to museum galleries)

FRIDAY, Dec 20 4pm-6pm


Check out the Seattle Public Library’s screening of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” There will be trivia, snacks and free books, so bring your friends and make a day of it!

The film is based on the critically-acclaimed book by Stephen Chbosky, who also directs the movie. High school freshman Charlie watches life from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother Patrick shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and the quest for the perfect song. Rated PG-13.

SATURDAY, Dec 21 9am-12pm

Carkeek STARS Volunteer Work Party

Join other enthusiastic volunteers for a fun morning of forest restoration and trails maintenance. There will be a wide variety of tasks with which you you can help. STARS provides gloves and water (you are encouraged to bring your own bottle of water, to reduce plastic waste). Please wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for teens and older. Follow the STARS signs to the meeting place.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

The winter holidays are upon us! Check out our holiday schedule below to make sharing art with your family easier.

The Henry is alive with the sound of music…

Join us Thursday at 12:30 for a lunchtime concert featuring musicians from the UW School of Music. Ask the front desk for the location of Luncheonette so you can enjoy the art and the sound.

Collections in Focus with Guest Curator Catherine Roche

Join us at  7 pm for “Collection in Focus: Prints and Photographs of Meiji Japan” with guest curator Catherine Roche. Catherine will expand on her research for Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan 18801930, and guide our exploration of the exhibition. Works by artists such as Chikanobu and Hiroshige III, as well as photographs by Kimbei Kusakabe and Adolfo Farsari, will be available for viewing. Space is limited; RSVP by December 3rd.

Student Exhibition Tours

We have a great new crop of student exhibition guides who will guide you on a Public Tour this (and every) Saturday at 2 pm. RSVP suggested, but drop-ins are welcome.

Student tour of Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion

Student Exhibition Guides take in Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion

Everyday Families Making Everyday Art at the Henry

THIS SUNDAY! In our last ArtVENTURES for the year we will explore Haegue Yang: Anachronistic Layers of Disperson. Yang creates art by using everyday objects. Join us as we draw inspiration from the artist’s Towers on String and then create musical instruments out of unexpected things. Register at Stranger Tickets.

The Week Ahead @ The Henry

The holidays often bring travel, parties, cramped schedules, and a feeling that too much of your time has been committed to others. Renew your self-care with us as we create space and time to care for your body and soul this Thursday.

A past yoga session in our Test Site space.

A past yoga session in our Test Site space.


Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theater, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. Join us this Thursday,  Nov. 21 from 12:30 – 1:30 to stretch your body and relax your mind.

Space is limited so RSVP online.
Any spaces left will be filled on a first come first served basis.